Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth-Century Beirut.
Fawaz, Leila Tarazi.
Book ID: 714
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During the 19th century, Beirut was transformed from a provincial town of 6,000 to a political and cultural centre of 120,000, becoming the leading seaport of the eastern Mediterranean. This study examines for the first time the migration that lay behind much of this growth – why the migrants came, what economic changes resulted, and particularly how social relations among the city’s religious communities were transformed. [Jacket].